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Olympic figure skater Shoma Uno shocks pro with Smash Ultimate skills

Published: 17/Aug/2020 18:43

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s common nowadays to see traditional athletes compete in video games with and against pro players, and now even figure skaters are getting in on the action. In a new video, Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno took on Smash pro Masaya ‘aMSa’ Chikamoto in Ultimate.

aMSa is primarily known for his skills in Melee where he is considered to be the undisputed best Yoshi player in the world. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t dabble into other games in the series, such as its latest entry, Ultimate.


In the August 16 video, aMSa did battle with Shoma Uno, a Japanese figure skater who took home silver in the 2018 Olympic Games. And while Uno may be graceful on the ice, in Smash he’s the opposite.

In the first match, the Smash veteran chose Fire Emblem’s Roy while Uno opted for the Star Fox antagonist Wolf. Hilariously, while aMSa dominated much of the first stock, racking up 86% in unanswered damage, the Roy player accidentally fell off the stage and couldn’t recover in time.


From there, aMSa turned up the heat (both literally and figuratively), preventing the skater from getting back to the stage and landed some nice fiery up specials.

However, Uno wasn’t half bad himself, finding his rhythm, knowing when to back off, play defensively and even found some nice grab opportunities. In the end, the accidental death cost aMSa because Uno took game one with a back air to secure the final stock.

Game two was another close one, but this time, the Smash pro won it out in a last-hit-wins situation with a massive up air to close out the round. This trend continued going into the next two games, which really could have gone either way.

aMSa and Shoma Uno battle in Smash Ultimate
Shoma Uno is actually quite good at Smash Ultimate.

In games three and four, Uno opted to switch fighters, going with Palutena instead. The four game battle came to a close with both players winning two matches each. Not bad for a figure skater!

Uno isn’t the first athlete to get involved with Smash. Notably, NFL star Le’Veon Bell has a pretty good Megaman, has attended local tournaments and even co-hosted an online major with Team Liquid’s Hungrybox.

Now, if only Bell and Uno could square off in Smash. That would be something.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

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YouTube: Nintendo
The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

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Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

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Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

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Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.